Definition of lorikeet in English:


Syllabification: lor·i·keet
Pronunciation: /ˈlôrəˌkēt, ˈlär-


  • A small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea.
    • Charmosyna and other genera, family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several species
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    • Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.
    • The introduction of exotic diseases and trapping for the pet bird trade are also responsible for the declining numbers of lorikeets in the wild.
    • On a leafless European tree, not more than ten yards from my window, are sitting upwards of thirty lorikeets.


late 18th century: diminutive of lory, on the pattern of parakeet.

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